MindKraft’s Early Years Program is a unique integrated robotics and coding program targeted at kids in Grades 1-3. It is designed to be a fun, hands-on program that introduces the fascinating world of robotics and programming to kids and sparks the inherent curiosity and creativity of kids. Learn More
Remarkable robots is an innovative way to introduce young kids to the concepts of robotics. Students learn to make small colourful robots from simple elements like blocks, motors, batteries, etc. This course aims to introduce kids to the idea of mechanisms and how they work, mathematical and scientific concepts like weight, distance, speed and time, and boost skills like creativity and problem solving and improve dexterity. Some of the projects include a rope crossing monkey robot, a servebot, hexapedal robot, cable car system to carry objects and a walking robot.
Robo Prime Programming helps your kid to develop programming skills at a very early age. The student goes through various programming challenges and games. The course uses a revolutionary icon-based programming method that helps your kid to program the microcontroller, sensors and various other peripherals. Some of the projects include block transporting game, dancing machine, battle bots, golfing-machine, anti-collision cars and hands-off car control. Kids gain problem-solving, critical thinking and logical thinking skills. Students will also learn coding skills by solving interactive puzzles and get introduced to block-based coding.
Logic puzzles are designed to improve 3-dimensional visualization of shapes and objects by working on blocks-based projects. The course consists of a set of games and puzzles that help your kid to imagine, create, modify and assemble 3D objects. Logic puzzle improves problem-solving ability and dexterity of the student by exposure to tricky challenges and thought stimulating exercises.
Students will be building various projects using blocks. Some of these projects will involve building robots, some will involve programming the robots and some will involve solving 3D puzzles. Each child works independently on their project guided by the teacher.
There can be a maximum of 5 kids per instructor. However, there can be up to 3 instructors and 15 kids in the class.
We use robotics kits developed by leading Japanese educational company Artec. The innovative blocks designed by Artec are much easier to connect than other popular robotics kits such as LEGO or VEX and reduces the time and effort required to build robots and models. The blocks connect vertically, horizontally and even diagonally- 2 blocks can connect in 60 different ways leading to an endless variety of shapes.
Robotics is essentially applied programming. In the Early Years Program, however, the initial levels will focus on building non-programmable robots and logic puzzles. As the kids progress through the program programming projects using robots will comprise the bulk of the lessons.
No, it is possible that your child will be ready to move on to Robo Wizards or Code Wizards without completing all the levels of the Early Years Program. We will continually assess the development of your child and make recommendations to enrol in higher-level programs when appropriate.
This program is only available as an in-person class at our Oakville centre. For this age group, we have the Code Knights program available on our dedicated virtual learning website codekraft.me
Please refer to this pageCOVID-19 Precautions & Measures
If your child will be attending Grade 1 in September of the current year then they might be ready for the program. The best way to assess readiness is to do a trial class.
Your child might be ready to move on to Robo Wizards or Code Wizards. Please book a trial class so that we can recommend the appropriate program.
Up to 2 missed classes in a term (12 weeks) can be made up by joining an alternative batch, if available.
We accept cancellations and provide full refund after deducting an administrative fee of $20, up to 7 days before the start of the program. Cancellations made less than 7 days before the start of the program until 7 days after the start, are refunded after a deduction equal to 25% of the total program fee. Cancellations made more than 7 days after the program start date will not be eligible for a refund.
After completing the Early Years Program, your child can join either the Robo Wizards or the Code Wizards program.